LOS ANGELES, Calif.–International Longshore and Warehouse Union office clerks who went on strike for eight days last year, crippling operations at the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex, have ratified the terms of tentative labor agreements with employers, negotiators said today.
A deal was struck Wednesday night with the union’s Local 63 Office Clerical Unit, but the terms were not immediately disclosed. Because the union is dealing with more than a dozen employers, the agreement involves several contracts with varying terms, a union official said.
On Wednesday night, “OCU bargaining units voted and agreed to ratify the terms of tentative agreements reached with the Harbor Employers Association member companies Dec. 4.,” union negotiator John Fageaux and his management counterpart, Stephen Berry, said in a joint statement.
“The contracts for the roughly 600 office clerical workers and the 14 employers at the ports will run through June 30, 2016.”
The negotiators said the deal was “good for workers, good for employers and–most of all–important for ensuring smooth operations at our Southern California ports … “Our local, regional and national economies depend on these ports, and the agreements ratified … pave the way for continued growth in the years ahead.”
The strike started Nov. 27 and involved thousands of dock workers–not just clerks–represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
About 20 ships were serviced by rival ports, including Ensenada, during the strike–the biggest work stoppage at the complex since a 10-day management lockout in 2002.
During the strike, union leaders accused the employers of outsourcing jobs to overseas workers who are paid a fraction of what Americans earn, while the employers accused the union of “featherbedding.”